Yesterday we woke to the terrible news of a large earthquake in central Italy. In just a matter of minutes towns and villages were reduced to rubble and lives were lost. Many of the structures were old and without the benefit of safer modern construction. I have talked about this before, but home safety is a topic that bears repeating.
Even if you don't live in a area that is prone to earthquakes there are things you can do to make sure your home is safe. If you have small children a safely secured home is a must. I knew a young mother whose two year old son slapped his hands on her flat screen TV and it fell over completely destroying the TV. Fortunately it missed her son.
With minimal effort and cost you can secure the things in your home. Three things you can do easily are:
- Secure the TV and your monitors with special safety straps.
- Secure top heavy appliances and furniture to wall studs.
- Hang pictures and mirrors on closed hooks.
While we can't prevent natural disasters we can try to be better prepared for them. And even though children aren't classified as natural disasters we should make our home safe for them and ultimately for ourselves.